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5 DISC DVD SET FROM 2008 OF - ANNE OF GREEN GABLES - A REVIEW May 13, 2008
Before I purchased this set I spent some time on the Internet looking for any kind of review for this item, to see whether or not, since I already owned the individual remastered special editions, this was worth the upgrade.
But, there was nothing.
So I took the plunge (it helped that the Costco here in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, had the set on sale for $47.99 Canadian, cheaper then even the official site was selling it for) and now, here's what you need to know.
First off, the video presentation of the films is the exact same as the individual remastered special edition DVD from years back.
Meaning it's watchable, but not the best picture quality out there.
One of the reasons for this is that the first two mini series where filmed on 16mm film stock, thus creating a slightly grainy picture.
I had hoped that since the extras on the discs where transported onto the fifth disc, that the freed up space would have allowed for better compression, and thus, better picture quality, but that is not the case.
Okay, so lets list the pros and cons of this set:
* All the discs are single sided (not double sided like the second and third mini series DVD's in the individual sets)
* There's a nice hour plus making of retrospective with Kevin Sullivan and some of the cast members
* A nice booklet with production notes and pictures, comes with the set
* The price is less than the collective price of purchasing the three mini series DVD's individually
* The picture hasn't been improved
* Other than the retrospective documentary, a ten minute fluff piece on the author, and the missing Morilla's Death episode (which I have yet to watch, so I can't comment on it at the present) everything else is the same as the last incarnations of the DVD's
Of note, all of the extras from the previous DVD's have been carried over including Megan Follows screen test, and are all on the fifth disc.
So if you don't already own the individual special edition DVD's, then this set is the way to go, and if you already own the individual DVD's and want more extras, then this new set is worth the upgrade, otherwise this set can be skipped.
Hope this helps.
224 of 232 found the following review helpful:
Essential Viewing for Fathers Sep 17, 2007
By Mr. Mambo
I watched these on VHS with my family years ago. Back then my daughter, about ten or so, same age as Anne when we first see her, was reading the novels; renting the videos was a natural thing. I was reluctant to watch the first story--my tastes tend more toward gritty crime and action stuff--but I watched them with my wife, daughter, and 8-yr. old son. It did not take me long to get caught up in the enthralling story. Canadian actress Megan Follows with her flaming red hair, which she is initially so ashamed of, is absolutely perfect as Anne Shirley. I would say she was born to play that role. All of the characters and portrayals are so wonderful that you will be thoroughly entertained. The late and indescribably great Richard Farnsworth is his typical screen self: stoic, quiet, restrained, shy, honest, fun-loving, humble, self-sacrificing, hard-working, strong, venerable. And gents: isn't that a list of very admirable traits? What man would not want to be remembered in such a way? So there you have one reason why you, as a man and father, should watch this series: if you pattern yourself after Mr. Farnsworth in this film, you will be on the right track. I absolutely defy anyone, even the most macho guy in the world, to not gush with tears upon viewing the scene where Farnworth's character buys, and then presents the beautiful party dress to Anne.
Another reason to watch this: you and your children will be seeing a solid and dignified life being put together before your eyes. Anne is an intelligent girl, but she understands the value of hard work. She loves to have fun, can be a bit contrary and capricious, but when the job needs to be done, she will do whatever it takes. She is an orphan who, through sheer determination and hard work, overcomes her meagre beginnings to really make a name for herself in the world. She is happy, and she takes life as it comes. Most importantly, she has a good heart and high moral standards. What parent would not want their child to be so described?
While it is very true that nowadays it is difficult to find good "family" viewing, if you look around, you will find it. Start here, dads; buy this set for your family and most importantly, spend some quality time with them watching the set. This is one of the best things you could do for them.
I guarantee it: you will laugh, you will cry, you will be afraid, you will exult. You will experience every emotion life has to offer. There are no cardboard cutout characters here; no one is perfect. That's another reason to watch: it's like life, and through meeting these living and breathing characters with all of their frailties and foibles, your kids will get a taste, albeit a vicarious one, of what the world is like. Perhaps they will begin to understand that life is not quite fair, that you have to work pretty hard, that people can be unkind even when you are kind to them, and most important, to be yourself. Anne the unkempt orphan comes into the life of the dour old spinster and her hard-working farmer brother, and gradually over time she becomes their savior. She saves them from a life of monotony, self-involvement and predictability; she teaches them how to be patient, how to laugh, how to prioritize. Isn't that what children do for their parents, if the parents will let them?
Anne is a girl who becomes a truly successful adult, if you measure success by how happy, intelligent, self-assured, confident, caring and fulfilled she is. If your kids can pick up some of those traits by watching the series, and you can help them, how can you go wrong?
120 of 127 found the following review helpful:
Among the Ten Best Ever Films! Apr 02, 2007
By Dr. Glenn W. Briggs
There was nothing like sitting with my children, and now with my grandchildren, and watching them become enraptured by the wonders of what I consider to be collectively "one" of the ten best films ever made. Yes, in terms of overall quality, the Anne of Green Gables Trilogy ranks up there with Ben Hur, Dances With Wolves, The Sound of Music, and the other classics. In fact, even at 69 years old, whenever I feel as if I need some inspiration, or I feel others I love do as well, into the DVD player goes Anne! As others have attested, one will never feel embarrassed by watching or having others watch these wonderful, wholly inspirational films.
82 of 87 found the following review helpful:
Poor Quality Video/Great Movies Jul 23, 2008
By R. Peeples
First of all, the actual movies and the actors are great. The series is very entertaining and tells a good story. It is suitable for the whole family.
Now for the bad news, Sullivan Home Entertainment should be absolutely ashamed to sell such poor quality DVDs. I could have done better myself by copying video tapes and burning them to DVD. The video is very grainy like they made no attempt at all to remaster it. At times the audio does not match the video. Also, there is only a rudimentary menu system. You cannot jump to a particular scene like you can with almost all other DVDs on the market. In addition, the set I received had two of the three disks bad.
The price of $59.99 is extremely high for what you get. Given the quality and other problems, it should be in the $5 bin at wal-mart!
My advice is to rent the videos if you can and save a ton of money by not buying this junk.
91 of 101 found the following review helpful:
Anne of Green Gables Sep 24, 2007
By Mackenzie Walsh
I was really disapointed in the presentation of the DVD. It doesn't even have chapter selection on the DVD menu. The point of getting the DVD was to have those amenities that DVD's offer and I had to fastfoward slowly through the movie until I got to the scene where I had last left off. Since the only difference between the VHS version and the DVD is the Cd itself, i felt that it was extremely overpriced. However, it is a wonderful story and I very much enjoyed watching it again. :)
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